The Department of Agronomy provides progressive and relevant undergraduate, graduate and extension education programs; conducts high impact fundamental and applied research at multiple scales to ensure that our science addresses immediate problems and anticipates future challenges; actively engages partners in the public and private sectors; and contributes to the development of the national and international agenda for research and education.

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Undergraduate Courses

 Fundamental principles of crop production and distribution. Emphasis is placed on applying technological advances in agronomy to active crop-production situations, including basic soils, agricultural meteorology, and crop physiology and breeding. Credits: 3.00

Introduction to environmental science and conservation includes topics in ecological principles, conservation and natural resource management, human impacts on the environment, toxic waste disposal, climate change, energy, air and water pollution, environmental geology and geologic hazards. Credits: 3.00

An introductory course in turfgrass management emphasizing turfgrass growth and development, species characteristics, their adaptation and basic cultural requirements for ornamental and functional turfgrass areas. The requirements and cultural inputs needed for proper establishment and maintenance of a high quality, low maintenance lawn will be discussed. Credits: 3.00

Companion lab to AGRY 21000. Laboratory exercises will focus on turfgrass and seed anatomy, morphology, identification as well as the hands-on basic principles of turfgrass culture. Designed for the student who intends to pursue a career in turfgrass management and plans to enroll in AGRY 510. Enrollment preference will be given to Turfgrass Science Majors. Credits: 1.00

Differences in soils; soils genesis; physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils; relation of soils to problems of land use and pollution; soil management relative to tillage, erosion, drainage, moisture supply, temperature, aeration, fertility, and plant nutrition. Introduction to fertilizer chemistry and use. Not available to students who have taken AGRY 27000. Credits: 3.00

Development, distribution, and classification of soil profile; soil characteristics related to forest practices; nature and cause of soil differences; fertility and plant nutrition. Not available to students who have taken AGRY 25500 or NRES 25500. Credits: 3.00

Examination of how environmental factors, including climate and soils, impact the global distribution of major food crops. Identification of the types of naturally occurring plant communities and comparison of these communities with those of environmentally and economically sound field cropping systems. Exploration of how man’s intervention has maintained or modified the productivity of food crops in agricultural communities and how his intervention has affected the environment. Credits: 3.00

The transmission of heritable traits; probability; genotypic-environmental interactions; chromosomal aberrations; polyploidy; gene mutations; genes in populations; the structure and function of nucleic acids; biochemical genetics; molecular genetics; coding. Credits: 3.00

Experiments with plants and microorganisms to elucidate the basic concepts of molecular and classical genetics as applied to genome analysis. Credits: 1.00

An introductory course in meteorology and climatology with applications to daily life. The study of the fundamental physical principles behind weather and climate and how they apply to the homeowner and the world citizen. Emphasis is on how to interpret weather conditions and forecasts, what controls the wide range of climates in the world, and what the future may hold. Credits: 3.00

This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with both the basics of how water moves through the environment and current theories as to how hydrologic response is modified by environmental change at a variety of temporal and spatial scales. Credits: 3.00